Water conservation is a serious issue for our planet. The world’s clean water supply is decreasing by the day, and every effort to conserve water helps. Nearly 99% of the Earth’s fresh water is either frozen in ice caps, underground, or unusable due to contamination. A lot of energy is necessary in the process to make water drinkable.
You can make a difference in the environment by resolving to use less water this year. Here are 10 ways you can help conserve water in your everyday activities at home:
- Don’t let the water run when washing dishes. If you have two sink basins, use one for fresh rinse water and one for soapy water.
- Make earth-friendly landscaping choices. Attractive shrubs and ground cover need less water and chemicals than a traditional lawn.
- Examine your water bill carefully to see if any spikes in usage may indicate a leak. Turn off everything in the house and watch to see if the meter continues to run. If so, look for leaky pipes inside or wet, swampy areas outside that can be caused by underground pipes.
- Find out how much water your shower head uses. If you can fill up a 5 gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, get a more-efficient model. They are not expensive, and can increase water pressure.
- When washing vegetables and fruit, fill up a bowl with water and some white vinegar instead of letting the faucet run.
- Look for Energy Star appliances if you need to replace an older model.
- Cut down on shower time. Just a few minutes less can save up to 150 gallons of water per year.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator overnight instead of running it under water.
- Choose a commercial car wash that reuses water to conserve.
- Install aerators on all of your faucets. They conserve water without sacrificing pressure and are inexpensive as well.